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November 19, 2008 – Obama picks pro-abortion former Sen. Tom Daschle as his Health and Human Services Secretary. Daschle has a long pro-abortion voting record according to National Right to Life.
November 20, 2008 – Obama chooses former NARAL legal director Dawn Johnsen to serve as a member of his Department of Justice Review Team. Later, he finalizes her appointment as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Legal Counsel in the Obama administration.
November 24, 2008 – Obama appoints Ellen Moran, the former director of the pro-abortion group Emily’s List as his White House communications director. Emily’s List only supports candidates who favored taxpayer funded abortions and opposed a partial-birth abortion ban.
November 24, 2008 – Obama puts former Emily’s List board member Melody Barnes in place as his director of the Domestic Policy Council.
November 30, 2008 – Obama named pro-abortion Sen. Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State. Clinton has an unblemished pro-abortion voting record and has supported making unlimited abortions an international right.
December 10, 2008 – Obama selects pro-abortion former Clinton administration official Jeanne Lambrew to become the deputy director of the White House Office of Health Reform. Planned Parenthood is “excited” about the selection.
December 10, 2008 – Obama transition team publishes memo from dozens of pro-abortion groups listing their laundry list of pro-abortions actions they want him to take.
Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2009
January 5, 2009 – Obama picks pro-abortion Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine as the chairman of the Democratic Party.
January 6, 2009 – Obama chooses Thomas Perrelli, the lawyer who represented Terri Schiavo’s husband Michael in his efforts to kill his disabled wife, as the third highest attorney in the Justice Department.
January 22, 2009 – Releases statement restating support for Roe v. Wade decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions and has resulted in at least 50 million abortions since 1973.
January 23, 2009 – Forces taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations. Decision to overturn Mexico City Policy sends part of $457 million to pro-abortion organizations.
January 26, 2009 – Obama nominee for Deputy Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, tells members of the Senate that taxpayers should be forced to fund abortions. Nominee erroneously says limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.
January 29, 2009 – President Obama nominates pro-abortion David Ogden as Deputy Attorney General. – The Vatican has rejected three Obama ambassador nominees because of their positions in favor of abortions.
April 7 – Obama has named pro-abortion law professor Harold Hongju Koh as the top lawyer for the State Department.
April 7 – Put more abortion advocates on his White House advisory council for faith-based issues.
February 12, 2009 – Obama nominates pro-abortion Elena Kagan to serve as Solicitor General.
February 27, 2009 – Starts the process of overturning pro-life conscience protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions.
February 28, 2009 – Barack Obama nominates pro-abortion Kathleen Sebelius to become Secretary of Health and Human Services.
March 5, 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit. Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, made the invitation list as did other pro-abortion groups.
March 9, 2009 – President Barack Obama signed an executive order forcing taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
March 10, 2009 – Obama announces the creation of a new foreign policy position to focus on women’s issues. He names Melanne Verveer, an abortion advocate, to occupy the post.
March 10, 2009 – Reverses an executive order to press for more research into ways of obtaining embryonic stem cells without harming human life. The order Obama scrapped would have promoted new forms of stem cell research.
March 11, 2009 – Obama signed an executive order establishing a new agency within his administration known as the White House Council on Women and Girls. Obama’s director of public liaison at the White House, Tina Tchen, an abortion advocate, became director of it.
March 11, 2009 – Obama administration promotes an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nations meeting.
March 11, 2009 – Obama administration officials deny negative effects of abortion at United Nation’s meeting.
March 17, 2009 – President Barack Obama makes his first judicial appointment and names pro-abortion federal Judge David Hamilton to serve on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
March 26 – President Obama announced $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that has been criticized for promoting abortion and working closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
April 7 – The Vatican has rejected three Obama ambassador nominees because of their positions in favor of abortions.
April 7 – Obama has named pro-abortion law professor Harold Hongju Koh as the top lawyer for the State Department.
April 7 – Put more abortion advocates on his White House advisory council for faith-based issues.
April 8 – Obama nominee for assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Ron Weich, is pro-abortion.
April 14 – Obama administration releases document that claims pro-life people may engage in violence or extremism.
April 17 – Obama administration that implement his decision to allow taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research that involves the destruction of human life.touted Obama’s decision to send $50 million to the United Nation’s Population Fund.
April 23 – Refused to appeal a ruling requiring the FDA to allow 17-year-old girls to purchase the morning after pill without either a doctor visit or parental involvement beforehand.
April 27 – Obama’s women’s ambassador Melanne Verveer
May 5 – Details emerge about a terrorism dictionary the administration of President Barack Obama put together in March. The Domestic Extremism Lexicon calls pro-life advocates violent and claims they employ racist overtones in engaging in criminal actions.
May 8 – President Obama releases a new budget that allows the Legal Services Corporation to use tax dollars to pay for pro-abortion litigation.
May 8 – President Obama’s new budget calls for taxpayer funded abortions in the nation’s capital.
May 8 – President Obama’s budget eliminates all federal funding for abstinence-only education.
May 15 – Appointed pro-abortion New York City health commissioner Thomas Frieden as head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
May 17 – During his commencement speech at Notre Dame, Obama deceived listeners into thinking he wants a conscience clause, promoted embryonic stem cell research and misstated his pro-abortion record.
May 26 – Appoints appeals court judge Sonia Sonotmayoras a Supreme Court nominee. Sotomayor agrees that the courts should make policy, such as the Roe v. Wade case. Sotomayor is later opposed by pro-life groups and supported by pro-abortion groups and those who know her say she will support abortion on the high court.
July 2- Calls for an unlimited right to abortion at a United Nation’s meeting.
July 7- The Obama administration admits it ignored the majority of Americans who opposed the proposed guidelines that would implement Obama’s decision to force taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.
July 14 – Obama science czar nominee John Holdren is revealed to have written before that he favors forced abortions.
July 30 – Awards several pro-abortion activists with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
July 31 – Tells the National Institutes of Health to adopt rules that allow embryonic stem cell research.
August 4 – Information becomes public that Ezekiel Emanuel, an Obama advisor at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research, supports rationing health care for disabled Americans that could lead to euthanasia.
August 6 – Obama criticized for asking for people to “snitch” on groups and people who oppose the pro-abortion health care bills in Congress.
August 13 – Obama wrongly said a senator backed the pro-euthanasia components of the health care bill.
August 24 – Releases veterans guide promoting euthanasia.
September 13 – Obama waits two days to comment on shooting of pro-life advocate whereas he commented immediately on shooting of abortion practitioner.
September 15 – Senate confirms Obama’s new regulatory czar Cass Sunstein, who is pro-abortion.
October 5 – Selected pro-abortion lawyer and Georgetown University law professor Chai Feldblum for the EEOC.
October 5 – Announces he will give the keynote speech for pro-abortion group Human Rights Campaign.
October 19 – Obama’s serve.gov web site promotes the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
October 21 – Obama administration web site promotes pro-abortion health care bills.
November 6 – Endorsed the House version of the health care bill that, at the time, contained massive abortion funding, rationing and assisted suicide promotion.
November 26 – Copies Thanksgiving proclamation of President Bush but leaves out pro-life message.
December 2 – Authorized taxpayer funding for embryonic stem cell research that kills days-old unborn children.
December 3 – A pro-abortion Obama judicial pick, Louis Butler, is approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
December 7 – Announces his endorsement of the pro-abortion Senate health care bill.
December 16 – Obama administration forces Americans a second time to spend millions more on embryonic stem cell research that destroys human life.
December 17 – Signed a bill that overturned the 13-year-long ban on funding abortions with tax dollars in the nation’s capital.
Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2010
January 18, 2010 – Gives speech supporting pro-abortion Senate candidate Martha Coakley.
January 26, 2010 – Renominates radical pro-abortion activist Dawn Johnsen to a top Justice Department position.
January 28, 2010 – Promotes the pro-abortion health care bill in the State of the Union address.
February 2, 2010 – Submits new budget calling for taxpayer funding of abortions and more money for Planned Parenthood.
February 5, 2010 – The Obama administration issued a new order for the U.S. military requiring all military hospitals and health centers to stock the morning after pill.
February 8, 2010 – The Obama administration admitted it improperly conducted a threat assessmenton pro-life groups in Wisconsin who were preparing to rally against a new abortion center at a University of Wisconsin health clinic.
February 16, 2010 – White House visitor logs reveal Obama has given Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards frequent access to top staffers.
February 24, 2010 – Obama administration proposes expanding embryonic stem cell research further.
February 26, 2010 – Obama has selected pro-abortion magistrate judge Timothy Black for the District Court Bench for the Southern District of Ohio. Black gets the endorsement of NARAL.
March 3, 2010 – Officially decides to use the controversial reconciliation procedure to pass the pro-abortion health care bill over the filibuster rights of those opposed.
March 22, 2010 – Signs the pro-abortion health care bill into law that contains massive abortion funding, no conscience protections and rationing.
March 24, 2010 – Signs executive order purporting to ban abortion funding that leaves taxpayer funding of abortions in place.
March 26, 2010 – White House visitor logs show pro-abortion NARAL activist Nancy Keenan meeting with key Obama staffers frequently and invited to social functions.
March 29, 2010 – Uses recess appointment to name pro-abortion activist Chai Feldblum to the EEOC.
March 30, 2010 – Signs the reconciliation health care bill that does not contain any fixes for the massive abortion funding.
April 6, 2010 – Battle begins over pro-abortion Obama appeals court nominee Goodwin Liu.
April 7, 2010 – Obama administration pressures Kenya to adopt a new constitution that would legalize unlimited abortions.
April 15, 2010 – WHO applauds Obama administration for promoting abortion worldwide.
May 8, 2010 – Obama’s federal budget eliminates abstinence education funding.
May 26, 2010 – Congressman Chris Smith reports the Obama administration has spent $10 million potentially illegally promoting a pro-abortion constitution in Kenya.
May 27, 2010 – Obama selected Donald Berwick to become the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the office that oversees government health care programs. Berwick supports the rationing components of the British medical system.
June 17, 2010 – Obama administration, via FDA panel, approves the use of the new abortion drug ella.
June 23, 2010 – Obama administration approves more federal taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
July 7, 2010 – Obama uses a recess appointment to name rationing advocate Donald Berwick to become the director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
July 7, 2010 – Obama administration deniesit is funding the campaign for the pro-abortion Constitution in Kenya.
July 13, 2010 – It is discovered that the Obama administration planned to fund abortions in Pennsylvania in high risk insurance programs created through the national health care law Obama signed.
July 13, 2010 – It is discovered that the Obama administration planned to fund abortions in New Mexico in high risk insurance programs created through the national health care law Obama signed.
July 16, 2010 – The Obama administration also planned to fund abortions under the national health care plan in Maryland.
July 19, 2010 – A new report indicates the Obama administration has spent as much as $23 million to influence residents of Kenya to vote for a proposed constitution that essentially legalizes abortion.
July 22, 2010 – President Obama’s ambassador to Kenya openly endorses a proposed constitution that would essentially legalize abortion.
August 13, 2010 – Obama administration clears itself from illegally supporting the campaign for the pro-abortion Constitution in Kenya.
August 16, 2010 – Obama administration approves new abortion drug Ella.
August 24, 2010 – Obama administration appeals a judge’s ruling saying Obama violated a national law when forcing taxpayers to fund embryonic stem cell research.
August 26, 2010 – Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs.
September 1, 2010 – Obama administration officials tell embryonic stem cell researchers to ignore judge’s decision preventing federal funding.
September 10, 2010 – Funds more embryonic stem cell research.
September 10, 2010 – Misleads Americans on abortion funding in health care during nationally-televised speech.
September 20, 2010 – Senate plans votes on pro-abortion lower court judges Obama picked.
September 28, 2010 – Defends legal abortions in an interview.
September 30, 2010 – Obama administration exposed as to how it partnered with leading pro-abortion organizations to host an FBI training seminar in August with the main focus of declaring as “violent” the free speech activities of pro-life Americans.
November 10, 2010 – Michelle Obama picks abortion advocate as new chief of staff.
November 22, 2010 – Obama officials approve second trial of embryonic stem cells on patients despite ethical concerns and tumor and immune system rejection issues.
December 13, 2010 – Suggests more embryonic stem cell research funding.
December 14, 2010 – Obama administration admits it is working to rescind conscience protections for medical professionals who don’t want to participate in abortions.
Pro-Abortion Presidential Record – 2011
January 5, 2011 – Obama renominates four pro-abortion judicial picks.
January 7, 2011 – Selects pro-abortion William Daley as Chief of Staff.
January 23, 2011 – Celebrates anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
January 27, 2011 – Picks pro-abortion activist to lead Global Health Initiative.
January 27, 2011 – Renominates rationing czar Donald Berwick.
January 27, 2011 – Lobbies faith advocates to support pro-abortion Obamacare.
February 7, 2011 – Obama rewards Catholic group that supported pro-abortion Obamacare with place on faith based panel.
February 18, 2011 – President Obama weakens conscience protections for pro-life medical workers.
March 1, 2011 – Appeals judge’s ruling overturning pro-abortion Obamacare.
March 2, 2011 – Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls.
March 3, 2011 – Obama Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can’t say if Obama addressed the topic of forced abortions with the president of China.
March 4, 2011 – Obama threatens to veto bill de-funding Planned Parenthood abortion business.
March 8, 2011 – Michelle Obama hosts Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards.
March 11, 2011 – Obama officials refuse to say who met with Obama to develop pro-abortion Obamacare.
March 11, 2011 – Obama administration accused of ignoring Hyde Amendment on abortions done and paid for via federally-funded college health care plans.
March 11, 2011 – Obama nominates pro-abortion activists Steve Six for federal appeals court position.
April 11, 2011 – Refuses Speaker John Boehner’s request to cut taxpayer funding to the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
April 14, 2011 – Obama administration castigates The Vatican over family planning.
April 19, 2011 – Obama Easter breakfast has pro-abortion religious leaders.
May 2, 2011 – Report shows the Obama administration met with abortion advocates during consideration of Obamacare.
May 10, 2011 – Senate confirms pro-abortion Obama judicial pick Edward Chen.
May 11, 2011 – Obama schmoozes with Planned Parenthood abortion business president, Cecile Richards.
May 17, 2011 – Obama administration targets peaceful pro-life advocate for prosecution.
May 19, 2011 – Names pro-abortion Morgan Christen to a federal appeals court position.
June 1, 2011 – Denies Indiana’s request to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
June 2, 2011 – Obama administration approves more taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research.
June 17, 2011 – Defends forcing taxpayers to fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business in court.
July 7, 2011 – Report shows Obama policies resulted in 300 tax-funded abortions in Washington, D.C.
July 21, 2011 – Demands that New Hampshire make taxpayers fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
July 21, 2011 – Fines a peaceful pro-lifer $25,000.
August 1, 2011 – Forces insurance companies to pay for abortion drugs under Obamacare.
August 19, 2011 – Obama administration found to have spent taxpayer funds promoting pro-abortion Obamacare during the 2010 elections.
August 19, 2011 — Obama administration approves more taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research.
August 22, 2011 – Vice President Joe Biden fails to condemn China’s one-child, forced abortion policy.
August 23, 2011 — Obama administration calls children “sexual beings,” pushes sex on them.
What Does Nebraska’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Mean for Your Chapter?
Nebraska’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions in the state after the baby is pain-capable (twenty weeks), has been talked about all over the pro-life blogosphere, starting at Today’s News & Views and National Right to Life News Today. It’s historic and has turned quite a few heads at Main Stream Media outlets (much to their annoyance, I’m sure).
To name just a few outlets LB 1103 has been discussed by CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Washington Post, Omaha World Herald, and Lincoln Journal Star, among many others. Rachel Maddow’s coverage on MSNBC was predictably condescending, but Marc Thiessen’s Op-Ed in the Washington Post was unabashedly pro-life and thoughtful. Of course, when the topic is unborn pain, any media coverage is hard to spin as pro-abortion.
Good news indeed.
It’d be nice if every piece of pro-life legislation passed at the state level picked up this much attention, but we’ll take what we can get and then try to get more, next time.
Here are a few ideas for using that important legislative breakthrough to build momentum going forward:
1. Educate yourself. You and your chapter are the point contact for individuals unfamiliar with the legislation, so ready yourself to speak accurately and persuasively on unborn pain and the importance of Nebraska’s new law. Take a look at http://www.doctorsonfetalpain.com/, which gives you a solid grounding in the science of unborn pain, and references to the large body of scholarship on the subject. Be sure to read http://nrlc.org/News_and_Views/April10/nv041310.html and to be on the hot list that receives Today’s News & Views for regular updates. [http://nrlc.org/join_our_mailing_list.htm]
2. Spread the NRLC fact sheet on fetal pain. Download and print off the first page of the fact sheet and use it as a handout or as a set of talking points for any chapter event. You’ll find it at http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/Fetal_Pain/FetalPain091604.pdf
3. Know the counterarguments! They are very few and very week but persuasive to the uneducated layperson. Most media stories, and all the pro-abortion talking points, try to dismiss the issue by claiming that the science on unborn pain is not conclusive, or that the unborn child simply doesn’t feel pain at twenty weeks. Their case rests almost entirely on one study (which was actually a selected overview) by a group that included pro-abortion activists. This 2005 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has been thoroughly rebutted by NRLC and prominent medical researchers. The article itself can be found at http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/Fetal_Pain/NRLCrebuttalJAMA.html. Read NRLC’s excellent critique at http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/Fetal_Pain/NRLCrebuttalJAMA.html
4. Go talk it up. Pass along the word about Nebraska’s new law to your e-mail lists and phone trees, post on Facebook or Twitter. If you know of a good pro-life blog that hasn’t covered the story yet, e-mail them and bring it to their attention. See if your local church could use any of the fact sheets. NRLC also has excellent “Abortion Hurts!” stickers and bumper stickers you can order (call 202-626-8809).We should always want to make our case as a persuasively as possible to anyone who will listen. At its most elementary it is simply that the unborn child is alive and well, and that abortion is the great tragedy of our day.
But it becomes far easier to make that case when people around us are already talking about the topic, or hearing about it on the nightly news.
Pro-lifers, and especially Right to Life Chapters, should be doing everything possible right now to amplify our voice on the reality of unborn pain, to reach as many individuals as possible.